Dalla Valle Vineyards was founded in 1986 by Gustav and Naoko Dalla Valle, who purchased 21 acres on the east side of Silverado Trail on Oakville Hill. They planted the vineyards to Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc and had their first crush in 1986. Dalla Valle produces a Cabernet Sauvignon and a very limited amount of a proprietary red named Maya, after the couple’s daughter. Maya usually contains 45-55% Cabernet Franc, and Robert Parker has written that the finest Cabernet Franc in “the New World is from Dalla Valle’s vineyard.” Though Gustav Dalla Valle died in 1995, Naoko has continued to run the winery.
Purple in color. 14.6% ABV. Sublime nose of black fruits, eucalyptus, violets and scorched earth. Medium to full bodied with impeccable balance. Impressive power and concentration. Black raspberry, cassis liqueur, truffles and spice on the palate. The finish on the wine is long and seamless with ever so silky tannins. Stunning Cabernet Sauvignon that is showing brilliantly. Best over the next 3-5 years.
My rating: 95 points.
Dalla Valle wines are only available via the mailing list. The current vintage runs $175 and will be released later next year.